Goldfish And Ritz Crackers Recalled Over Health Concerns


We’ve got bad news for parents who love to give their children Goldfish as a midday snack. It’s time to clean out your pantry because new reports indicate that Goldfish crackers have been recalled over a possible salmonella contamination. The company took action Monday after one of its ingredient suppliers notified them that whey powder used in their seasoning may be contaminated.

According to The Washington Post, Pepperidge farms officials said in a statement on their website that they are recalling the crackers “out of an abundance of caution.” Thankfully, there have been no reported incidents of illnesses or any other issues linked with the popular kids’ snack.

Whey powder is used to modify texture, thicken foods, gel foods and to enhance solubility and transportability of foods. It’s also an ingredient regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Whey is used to make the coating found on many processed foods, including crackers. As with any animal product, it can be contaminated with germs, including salmonella.

The following varieties are included in the recall: Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar, and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar and Pretzels.

Symptoms of salmonella begin approximately 12 to 72 hours after a person is infected and include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramping. This can last about four to seven days, and most individuals recover without treatment.

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Meanwhile, this isn’t the only recall that moms and dads have been worried about in recent weeks. Ritz also recalled several of its cracker varieties last week over the same possible contamination of whey powder used in snacks. There was also a recall on Hungry Man Chipotle BBQ Sauced Boneless Chicken Wyngz with a best buy date of 9/6/19. The recall is due to whey powder used in its ranch dressing.

So far, reports indicate that the products were distributed in just the United States.No other Pepperidge Farm products in the U.S. are subject to the recall. If you have any questions or concerns, consumers can call customer service at 800-679-1791. The products can also be returned to place of purchase for a refund. That, or you can simply throw out any open bags of Goldfish in your home or make sure that they are out of reach from your children.

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